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Author Archive: Msgr. Charles Pope

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Veil in Reverse – A Reflection on the Veiling of Moses’ Face

July 23, 2015 5 Comments
Veil in Reverse – A Reflection on the Veiling of Moses’ Face

In most traditional Catholic settings, we think of the veil as something a woman wears, a sign of traditional modesty and prayer. In this sense we consider it something good and positive, though perhaps some among us are less enthusiastic. But in the readings from Exodus that we are hearing in daily Mass, the veil […]

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The Fire Next Time: A Meditation on the Glance of God from the Fiery Cloud

July 22, 2015 10 Comments
The Fire Next Time: A Meditation on the Glance of God from the Fiery Cloud

As we read through the Book of Exodus in daily Mass at this time of year (16th Week of the year) there comes the passage about the crossing of the Red Sea. As God parted the waters, He went on ahead of the people in the fiery column of His presence. And describing the Egyptians […]

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God Still Has His Seven Thousand – A Meditation for Those Who Feel Alone and Discouraged

July 21, 2015 27 Comments
God Still Has His Seven Thousand – A Meditation for Those Who Feel Alone and Discouraged

Last week in the Office of Readings we read of the struggles of Elijah the Prophet, who spent his life fighting the influence of the Canaanite god Baal in Israel. Every now and again in times like these, times of cultural confusion, times when so many Catholics have fallen away from the practice of the […]

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Fortitude, Patience, and Meekness: Three Virtues We Often Separate, but That Belong Together

July 20, 2015 8 Comments
Fortitude, Patience, and Meekness: Three Virtues We Often Separate, but That Belong Together

There is an important interplay and balance between the virtues that many modern minds set in opposition to one another. False dichotomies often prevail when the subtlety of virtues are lost or their meanings are grasped in simplistic or inaccurate ways. Consider three virtues that are related and which enable and moderate one other: fortitude, […]

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All Have Fallen Short of the Glory of God – A Reflection on the Need to Remember That Heroes Are Still Human

July 19, 2015 7 Comments
All Have Fallen Short of the Glory of God – A Reflection on the Need to Remember That Heroes Are Still Human

Throughout my youth, my father had many teachings and expressions that we came to call “dad-isms.” They were memorable little sayings packed with truth. One of them I recall him saying to me in the aftermath of a disappointment I had experienced regarding a friend. He simply said, “Charlie, people disappoint.” Yes, they do. We […]

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Four Teachings on Personal Prayer – A Homily for the 16th Sunday of the Year

July 18, 2015 7 Comments
Four Teachings on Personal Prayer – A Homily for the 16th Sunday of the Year

The gospel today speaks to us of the priority of personal prayer. You may recall that in last week’s gospel, Jesus sent them out two by two to proclaim the Kingdom. Now they return, eager to report the progress and the graces they encountered. But as Jesus listens, he urges them (perhaps because they are […]

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A Video With a Shocking Ending

July 17, 2015 13 Comments
A Video With a Shocking Ending

This is one of those videos that I think you should watch before I say much about it. There is something shocking about the ending, something awful. And yet the request by the young man in the video is a common one, though it often comes cloaked in more subtle forms. People today use one […]

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Three Words That Can Change Your Life

July 16, 2015 14 Comments
Three Words That Can Change Your Life

Sometimes we like to complicate things. Every now and again it is good to simplify, to make it plain and simple. The other day it occurred to me that three words describe the well-being I have discovered in my physical, emotional, and spiritual life. They are, respectively, move, breathe, and trust. Let’s look at each […]

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